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Old 06-25-2006, 02:03 PM   #1
royeo
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Changing the defaut setting for which os will start automatically in a dual boot sy


I recently installed Suse 10.1 on my system. I now have a dual boot capability with Windows XP Pro., sp 2. Right now Suse is selected automatically and will fire up upon timeout. I'd like to be able to change the os selected. When I installed Fedora 5 it allowed me to select the default os in setup. Not so with Suse.

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Old 06-25-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by royeo
I recently installed Suse 10.1 on my system. I now have a dual boot capability with Windows XP Pro., sp 2. Right now Suse is selected automatically and will fire up upon timeout. I'd like to be able to change the os selected. When I installed Fedora 5 it allowed me to select the default os in setup. Not so with Suse.

Thanks,

royeo
Well, SuSE 10.1 you say, so I presume that it's using grub as it's bootloader. Which means that to change the default, you have to modify the /boot/grub/menu.lst (which should be the file name, but it can sometimes be /boot/grub/grub.conf - and the two might be in the system but symlinked) - anyway, you would have to change the default setting (sorry I can't show you that with an example because I don't have windows) but if you look at the file and it says something like that the default is 0 and you have 2 items listed on the boot page, then it will need to be something like 1 - though if it lists 3 items e.g. SuSE Linux 10.1, SuSE Linux 10.1 - failsafe mode (or something similar) and windows (or whatever it's decided to call it), then it maybe that you'd have to change it to 2.

You may also find further info if you open a konsole and type
Code:
man grub
theres a link in my sig about how to "decypher" man pages.

regards

John
 
Old 06-25-2006, 03:33 PM   #3
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Yep, it's /boot/grub/menu.lst (or at least it is in Suse 9.2)

I think it defaults to the first title listed. To change this try this
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=350314

edit: errr.. I hope that helps. Not in Suse at the moment to check my facts.

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